What started as a quiet afternoon of Easter egg hunting turned into a dramatic effort to aid law enforcement for a group of children and their families in Chapel, a small village outside of London.
The National Police Air Service was called when reports were made of two burglary suspects entering an abandoned building. The two suspects fled across the field in which the children were Easter egg hunting with their families. When the children spotted the suspects attempting to escape on foot and the helicopter circling overhead, they realized they were caught in the middle of a police chase. Thinking quickly, the kids dropped to the ground and formed a large human arrow pointing the helicopter in the right direction.
“The children quickly formed an arrow on the ground in the middle of a plowed field to guide the helicopter in the direction of the fleeing pair. The helicopter crew relayed this information to officers on the ground and a short time later two men were arrested,” read a statement from police.
“I’m sure the last thing the group of daring Capel residents expected when they set out on Friday afternoon was to abandon their Easter egg hunt to assist us in a police search but the initiative they demonstrated proved to be invaluable,” said Sgt. Paul Sochon.
The Easter adventure for these children had a very satisfying conclusion when, after the chase was concluded, the helicopter crew landed in the field to thank them personally. “The NPAS crew landed nearby to thank the children for the role they played in the incident and they even shared a few chocolate treats with the team, which was an added bonus after a busy shift,” said Sochon.